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Sounder Reviews

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July 17, 2014
The family's solidarity in the face of intimidating odds -- poverty, racism, injustice -- gives the movie a humanistic, optimistic center.
Full Review | Original Score: 77/100
December 1, 2009
Affecting update of the coming-of-age classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 5, 2009
Honest and touching, Martin Ritt's Oscar-nominated Sounder, a Depression-era saga, does proud the American family and the American family movie genre.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 17, 2007
| Original Score: 4/5
April 3, 2007
Heartbreaking and intelligent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 3, 2007
Director Martin Ritt soaks us in the heat, the beauty, the racism and the buzzing cicadas of Louisiana.
May 30, 2006
A very fine unpretentious, heartwarming and uplifting family drama about a Deep South black sharecropper family trying to survive during the Depression.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
June 15, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
November 23, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
October 23, 2004
It is one of the most compassionate and truthful of movies, and there's not a level where it doesn't succeed completely.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 5, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
July 29, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
July 27, 2002
A masterwork from director Martin Ritt. Movies are rarely this empathetic.
| Original Score: 4/5
June 19, 2002
Another fine example of Martin Ritt's earthy southern dramas
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 1, 2000
Painfully honest, unpretentious, and blessedly simple.
June 24, 2006
Ritt's film must respond to the needs of an entertainment industry, and in its desire to be uplifting, leaves its characters one-dimensional without ensuring that the one dimension is heroic.
May 9, 2005
If Sounder, an inteligent enough movie, avoids all the major pitfalls of its type, it also lacks the excitement that may have come from plumbing greater depths and discovering a few tougher, less accessible insights.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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